I can a*sure you, USA today doesn't rely on Internet Blogs for research. If you think that is the basis for Phil's suit, you are mistaken. I know things because I do the research behind them.
Written by Linda Starr, on obamacrimes.us, January 09, 2009
Phil doesn't rely on internet sources for his suit? Let's take a look at Phil's Complaint, filed August 21, 2008. And just so there's no confusion, I'm linking to (and quoting) the Complaint posted directly on Berg's website. So here's Berg's evidence, in Berg's own words, as filed by Berg in U.S. District Court.
Berg cites Wikipedia and Italian Wikipedia as sources:
"Upon investigation into the birth of Barack Hussein Obama in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama’s birth is reported as occurring at two (2) separate hospitals, Kapiolani Hospital and Queens Hospital. Wikipedia English Version under the subject “Barack Obama” states Obama was born at Kapiolani Hospital. Wikipedia Italian Version under the subject “Queens Hospital” states Barack Obama was born in Queens Hospital."
- Berg's Complaint, Paragraph 18, p. 5.
Berg cites unidentified internet "references":
"There are further references circulating on the internet claiming examination of the hospital’s records in Hawaii show no birthing records for Stanley Ann Dunham (Obama), Obama’s mother."
- Paragraph 19, p. 5.
Berg cites a piece written by a 9/11 truther, republished on the website Online Journal:
"Wayne Madsen, Journalist with Online Journal was a contributing writer and published an article on June 9, 2008 stating the GOP sent a research team to Mombasa, Kenya and located a Certificate Registering the birth of Barack Obama, Jr. at a Maternity Hospital, to his father, a Kenyan Citizen and his mother, a U.S. Citizen."
- Paragraph 20, p. 6.
Berg cites a phony Canadian birth certificate "posted on the Internet":
"There is a Canadian Birth Certificate posted on the Internet in the name of Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.; however, the date of birth shows to be August 23, 1961."
- Paragraph 22, p. 6.
Berg quotes blogger Andy Martin:
"Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin states Obama has never renounced his Kenyan citizenship. Andy Martin further states on Obama’s Senate web site, Obama tap dances around his own dual nationality when discussing his father."
- Paragraph 23, p. 6.
Berg actually goes so far as to cite internet RUMOR as a source:
"Additionally, there is rumor circulating on the Internet that his Indonesian stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, adopted Obama."
- Paragraph 26, p. 7.
And finally, Berg cites three anonymous dudes who posted on the internet:
"However, as posted all over the internet, three (3) independent Document Forensic Experts performed extensive Forensic testing on the Certificate of Live Birth posted on Obama’s campaign website."
- Paragraph 35, p. 10.
That's some stellar research there, Linda and Phil. I'd praise your Google skills, but a halfway decent Google researcher would have still been able to identify some source URLs to include in the pleadings. And even the most minimally competent internet sleuth would never, ever resort to explicitly citing "rumor" as a source.